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A win for religious liberty at the Arizona Supreme Court

On Sept. 16, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled in favor of Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski’s right to free speech. Duka and Koski own and operate an art studio named, Brush & Nib Studio. The studio willingly serves all people while clearly stating that they “will not create custom artwork that communicates ideas or messages that contradict biblical truth, demean others, endorse racism, incite violence, or promote any marriage besides marriage between one man and one woman, such as same-sex marriage.”

At the heart of their case is the principle of free speech which maintains that no one should ever be compelled to promote or communicate a message that is contrary to their sincerely held beliefs. As the Arizona Supreme Court ruled, “an individual has autonomy over his or her speech and thus may not be forced to speak a message he or she does not wish to say.”

As others have noted, this case marks another major victory regarding religious liberty in the United States. Americans should be grateful for this victory, as i t both protects the consciences of people of faith, and  also protects those that do not share the same faith convictions.

In terms of what this means for Christians, though, this victory adds another legal precedent to the books to protect from coerced speech, particularly as it relates to crucial matters involving Christian sexual ethics.

This case, like the others before it, should encourage everyone who is concerned about freedom of speech and religious liberty. It is a victory for anyone that wants the freedom to live according to their conscience. In terms of what this means for Christians, though, this victory adds another legal precedent to the books to protect from coerced speech, particularly as it relates to crucial matters involving Christian sexual ethics.

As society marches down the path of the sexual revolution, Christians will continue to see an attack on freedom of speech. While our hope and allegiance are ultimately in Christ, we should also be thankful for God’s mercy toward a country that supports a public square where conversations and debates can be enjoyed between people with differing viewpoints. If, however, we one day find ourselves living in a society that does not welcome the free exchange of our ideas, we must not lose heart or deviate from our obedience to Christ. We must resolve now to obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29), while remembering that we are exiles and sojourners in this land (1 Pet. 2:11-12) , seeking the City that is to come (Heb. 13:14).

By Casey B. Hough

Casey B. Hough is lead pastor at Copperfield Church in Houston, Texas, and a Ph.D. student at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also blogs regularly at http://www.CaseyHough.com. Casey and his wife, Hannah, have three sons and two daughters.  Read More 

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The Case of Harris Funeral Homes

The ACLU is targeting this family-owned funeral home to redefine “sex” to mean “gender identity.” The outcome of this case could have widespread consequences for everyone.

For more than 100 years, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes has been ministering to grieving families in Michigan. Owned by Tom Rost, this family business has been passed down through five generations. And it has quite a legacy.

In 2011, Tom won the Preferred Funeral Directors International Parker Award for demonstrating exemplary service. And in 2016, Harris Funeral Homes, located in the Detroit area, was voted “best hometown funeral home.”

Tom and his employees seek to serve their community with compassion. That’s why its policies, which include a sex-specific dress code, are crafted to ensure that families can focus on processing their loss and grief. But now that dress code has brought Tom all the way to United States Supreme Court.

Harris Funeral Homes seeks to serve its grieving clients with sensitivity and compassion.
Harris Funeral Homes has received special recognition for its exemplary service, including being voted “best hometown funeral home” in the Detroit area.

Targeted for following existing laws

In 2013, Tom was informed that one of his employees, a male funeral director who had promised to follow the company’s sex-specific dress code, intended to dress and present as a woman.

While that employee was free to dress however that employee wanted outside of work, Harris Funeral Homes expects its funeral directors to follow the dress code during working hours. After all, the dress code is a crucial component to how it serves grieving families. But the employee made a decision to break a promise. After considering the needs of the funeral director, other employees, and the grieving families the funeral home serves, the funeral home felt it had no choice but to part ways with the employee.

That’s when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Harris Funeral Homes.

This should have been an open-and-shut case. After all, Tom and Harris Funeral Homes were following existing laws. Small businesses are allowed under the law to have sex-specific dress codes. Even the EEOC’s own employee manual states that a “dress code may require male employees to wear neckties at all times and female employees to wear skirts at all times.”

But the EEOC elevated its political goals above the interests of the grieving families that Tom and Harris Funeral Homes serve.

To achieve these political goals, the EEOC decided that the definition of “sex” in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act should be rewritten to mean “gender identity.” But neither government agencies nor courts have the authority to rewrite federal law. That’s a blatant and unconstitutional overreach. In America, Congress makes law. It says so in our Constitution. That power does not belong to unelected bureaucrats.

Thankfully, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Tom’s case, and the EEOC has changed its position: the EEOC now agrees it was wrong and supports Tom. But the ACLU represents the funeral director and is continuing to defend a lower court’s rewriting of the law. We have an opportunity to secure another important win at the high court.

A generous family has answered the call and provided a $2 million challenge grant to defend Tom and others like him. Today, you can help further the impact for freedom and provide Tom and Harris Funeral Homes with the best possible defense at the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Sex” and “gender identity” are not the same

“Sex” defines whether someone is male or female as an objective fact based on biology. But “gender identity” is a fluid, difficult-to-define concept based on subjective perceptions.

Replacing “sex” with “gender identity” in Title VII should not be taken lightly. Only Congress has the authority to make such a drastic shift. And make no mistake about it: a change like this has widespread consequences for everyone.

  1. It would undermine equal treatment for women like Selina Soule, a female athlete whose opportunity to compete in front of college scouts was taken by two biological males who were allowed to participate in her track events because they believe themselves to be girls.
  2. It would jeopardize the dignity and privacy of women like Alexis Lightcap, who was made to feel as if she were the problem when she encountered a boy inside the girls’ restroom at her high school.
  3. It would put employers like Tom Rost and Harris Funeral Homes in difficult situations where they would be required to treat men who believe themselves to be women as if they are in fact women.

“No court or federal agency has the authority to rewrite a federal statute. That power belongs solely to Congress.”

— ADF Senior Counsel Jim Campbell

These are important issues that you have the right to decide through your elected officials. Unelected officials—whether bureaucrats or judges—should not have the power to make these choices for us.

If Tom loses, he and his family-owned business will be punished. But businesses have the right to rely on what the law is—not what government agencies want it to be. And no business owner should be punished for following existing laws.

Will you help push back against government overreach with your gift today?

Rise to the challenge and stand for freedom

The cost to prepare to argue a case at the U.S. Supreme Court is great. That’s why your help is critically needed now.

Alliance Defending Freedom needs the resources to present a strong legal defense for Tom and others like him. This crucial work to defend freedom can only happen through God’s provision and your support.

This is not the time for us to lay low and sit on the sidelines. We must stand together.

Thankfully, there is HOPE. When we stand firm, we can WIN!

Through God’s blessing (John 15:5) and the generous support of people like you, we’re winning nearly 80 percent of our cases, including nine victories at the U.S. Supreme Court since 2011.

Today, you can stand up to government bureaucrats. And when you do, your gift will further the impact of a $2 million challenge grant.

Please rise to the challenge today.

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Thomas More Law Center Asks Supreme Court To Decide How Far Schools Can Promote Islam And Disparage Christianity

 As a Christian and 11th-grader at La Plata High School in Maryland, Caleigh Wood was taught that “Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian.”  She was also required to profess in writing, the Islamic conversion creed, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” Ms. Wood believed that it is a sin to profess by word or in writing, that there is any other god except the Christian God.  She stood firm in her Christian beliefs and was punished for it. The school refused her request to opt-out or give her an alternative assignment.  She refused to complete her anti-Christian assignment and consequently received a failing grade.

   As a result, in January 2016, the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Ms. Wood claiming the school had violated the First Amendment Establishment Clause and her right not to be forced to profess faith in another religion.  Both the Federal District Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the High School’s Islamic curriculum.

   In response, on Monday of this week, (May 13), TMLC filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari asking the Supreme Court to decide whether any legal basis exists to allow public schools to discriminate against Christianity while at the same time promote Islam.

   Richard Thompson, TMLC’s President and Chief Counsel, observed: “Under the guise of teaching history or social studies, public schools across America are promoting the religion of Islam in ways that would never be tolerated for Christianity or any other religion. I’m not aware of any school which has forced a Muslim student to write the Lord’s Prayer or John 3:16: ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’

   On the other hand, schools have become willing instruments of Islamic indoctrination, and in Caleigh Wood’s case, the weapon of choice was the PowerPoint presentation. Caleigh and her 11th grade classmates were taught:

  • “Most Muslim’s faith is stronger than the average Christian.”
  • “Islam at heart is a peaceful religion.”
  • Jihad is a “personal struggle in devotion to Islam, especially involving spiritual discipline.”
  • “To Muslims, Allah is the same God that is worshiped in Christianity and Judaism.”
  • “Men are the managers of the affairs of women” and “Righteous women are therefore obedient.”

   Those statements came directly from the PowerPoint presentation to Caleigh’s class. The underlining was in the PowerPoint.

   Thompson continued: “Many public schools have become a hot bed of Islamic propaganda.  Teaching Islam in schools has gone far beyond a basic history lesson. Prompted by zealous Islamic activism and emboldened by confusing court decisions, schools are now bending over backwards to promote Islam while at the same time denigrate Christianity.  We are asking the Supreme Court to provide the necessary legal guidance to resolve the insidious discrimination against Christians in our public schools.”

Read TMLC’s Petition for Certiorari here.

Courtesy of https://www.thomasmore.org/news/thomas-more-law-center-asks-supreme-court-to-decide-how-far-schools-can-promote-islam-and-disparage-christianity/

Ordinary Christians Will End Abortion: Eight Ways You Can Help

When the Romans would leave unwanted newborns out to die, it was the Christians who would rescue and raise them. May our history become our legacy.

Our nation has been shocked in recent months by extreme abortion laws that seem to be hitting us one after the other, starting with New York passing a sweeping abortion law that loosened the requirement for who can be an abortionist, removed protections for unborn babies involved in violent crimes, and allowed abortions through all nine months of pregnancy.

Days later, the governor of Virginia talked about a bill that was in committee, and then calmly discussed how a survivor of a late-term abortion could be killed if the mother and doctor agreed. Then Senator Ben Sasse fast-tracked a bill protecting babies born alive during late-term abortions, saying that all US senators should be able to go on record against infanticide. It was shut down and continues to be.

I’m a pastor in Vermont, where we have been facing our own bill in state government, which some have called the most radical abortion legislation in the world. It has zero restrictions on abortion. Now they are working on passing a state constitutional amendment that would enshrine abortion as a right that “shall not be denied or infringed.” If only Vermont were alone in this. Multiple states now are considering similar legislation, even as other states are trying to protect preborn babies more.

How to Fight Such Evil

As Christians, who believe that God creates each human being — born or unborn — in his image, with the right to be protected, these swift events can be overwhelming. What can an ordinary Christian do in the face of so much evil?

1. Pray.

This is first and foremost. Let’s not dismiss this as a throwaway step to get to the real change. God, in answer to our prayers, does the impossible. Let’s continually ask him to do what only he can.

2. Study the Scriptures.

Recently, I made a list of fifteen sections of Scripture especially relevant to the pro-life cause to help me be better attuned with God’s heart on this subject before I would speak out against it: Genesis 1:27Exodus 1:16–224:1121:22–25Job 10:11–1231:15Psalm 14:422:9–10127:3–5139:13–16Isaiah 45:9–1149:15Jeremiah 1:5Luke 1:41–44Galatians 1:15. I found myself in tears as the weight and impact of Scripture built conviction, holy anger, love, and grace in my mind and heart. Let’s go deep in our Scriptures before we go wide in airing our beliefs.

In particular, Isaiah 45:9–11 hit me in a fresh way in light of legislation being considered around the nation that acts as if a fetus is not a human baby until he or she begins to breathe — or even later. At one point, God says through the prophet, “Woe to him who says . . . to a woman, ‘With what are you in labor?’” (Isaiah 45:10). Everybody knows that a pregnant woman is pregnant with a baby, a human being — regardless of what some of our legislators are proclaiming. Let’s have God’s word feed our minds and hearts, move our hands and feet, and open our mouths to speak for the unborn (Proverbs 31:8).

3. Share Scripture and your story.

Recently I had the opportunity to testify before a House committee. I not only shared Scripture with them, but I focused on the implications for those scriptural principles in our time and place. There is a time for legislators — as well as friends, relatives, or your fellow church members — to be educated on what God says about life before birth.

But we need also to think about how the fact that all human beings are created in God’s image impacts principles of law: like whether or not an abused pregnant woman should be able to seek justice for her baby, and whether or not insurance companies should be required to provide life-saving medicine and procedures to babies in the womb.

The House committee hearing was so impactful not because every person who spoke was a pastor (there were many), but also because of so many others who shared their story and expertise: women who regretted their abortion and had found forgiveness in Christ, nurses and doctors explaining their professional concerns, a lady who was conceived in rape explaining that her life matters and that the law helped her birth mom to do the right thing, and another mother, a social worker, who spoke to why women in poverty need to be encouraged toward the hope of adoption and motherhood.

4. Go testify, write, and visit your legislators.

If there is a public hearing, go on record in defense of the unborn, whether by written testimony or public speaking. I had never spoken in front of a government committee until recently. I was nervous before I got up to speak at the hearing. But when I began to talk about how the unborn have value given to us by God based on being human, not based on what they can offer, I was able to look the two co-writers of the bill in the eye confidently, and publicly declare that it is wrong to say that preborn babies have no rights. God will give you strength.

It is easy to write or call your government officials when abortion legislation is on the docket. If it is state legislation, go visit your elected legislators. When abortion decisions are being made at the US Supreme Court level, we feel there is nothing we can do other than to pray. But the new territory in the fight for life is now in your own neighborhood. You can go talk to your representatives and senators in person.

5. Support your local crisis-pregnancy center.

Your local crisis-pregnancy center does not receive tax dollars as they counsel women to consider adoption, providing them hope and help. They need our support, they need our encouragement, they need our prayers, and they need our volunteer hours. They are on the frontlines. Let’s join them.

6. Get involved with foster care and adoption.

When a courageous woman does give birth to a child who was in danger of being aborted, she and the child often need our support through foster care or adoption. This is one way we care for orphans in the United States. “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction” (James 1:27).

7. Minister to women who have had abortions.

As a pastor, I have cried with women who tearfully have shared that they were deceived at some point in their life and had an abortion. It has been especially helpful to have women in the church who can be an additional listening ear and a reminder of Christ’s forgiveness to these women who need our love and support. Those who were considering abortion but made the brave decision to give birth also need our help in many practical ways.

8. Remember our duty to love.

Protecting the unborn is one way you can love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31). But this also includes loving those we disagree with. Abortion is an emotional issue for both sides. But even as we confront those we disagree with, and don’t back down, we don’t call them names or ever threaten to harm them. They may be protecting the “right” to kill innocent children, but our duty to them is to tell them the truth, pray for them, and — as hard as it can be in this circumstance — to honor and love them (Romans 13:7–8). We also must never forget that the gospel ultimately is what changes hearts and minds.

Not to Act Is to Act

When I spoke to the House committee, I ended by telling them,

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor during the Nazi regime. Bonhoeffer pastored during a time that his government, the Nazis, claimed that an entire segment of humanity had no personhood. Bonhoeffer audaciously declared, “Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

We are speaking, and we are acting today, and we will continue to do so for those you are saying are non-people. You will continue to hear from us until every baby is not just given their rights back, but has an opportunity to have a birthday.

The question for us as Christians is, Will we continue to pray? Will we continue to speak? Will we continue to act? As a result of the love of Christ poured into our lives and hearts, the killing of babies in the womb cannot become white noise to us.

 (@timothycounts) is married to his best friend, Melanie, and they are the proud parents of three children. He serves as the pastor of Northshire Baptist Church in Manchester Center, Vermont. Tim writes regularly at He Must Become Greater.

HR 5 is a Dangerous Attack on Religious Liberty and Free Speech

HR 5 is a bill that pushes the LGBT agenda on all people and targets Christianity in every area of life—including the church. There will be an increase of instances where Christians and others are being punished unless they violate their beliefs in order to comply with such a law. And that is just the beginning of unconstitutional chaos in America…


This bill destroys bathroom privacy.
 It would welcome both genders into every bathroom in America.

It directs religious K-12 schools and daycare centers to force children to obey adults who show up at work one day as a man and the next day as a woman. These children are at a highly impressionable age. When kindergarteners have seen such events in the past, many have gone home shaking and crying, worried that they could wake up with a different gender!

And, this bill gags counselors from giving professional help to those facing unwanted same-sex desires or actions. It even criminalizes those who share their own story of finding freedom in Christ from homosexuality in a book or speaking engagement. This bill literally sets the stage for banning the Bible, which offers the power to free those wanting to turn away from homosexual conduct.

And there is NO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION to this bill!

Further, this bill demands that every religious adoption agency place innocent children in homes with adults involved in same-sex conduct. And it also demands that religious families be willing to accept practicing LGBT minors in their home as a prerequisite to being approved as foster parents.

Under HR 5, property owners would be forced to accept renters whose actions violate their religious beliefs, including renting out a room in their home or their private vacation home.

Home-based businesses would be forced to hire and welcome LGBT people into their privately-owned home, even if they are trying to raise their children according to their own religious beliefs!

This legislation would create many more victims — like women in shelters who have been sexually assaulted by a man posing as a “transgender” to gain access to the facility.


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  • Churches would be forced to host same-sex ceremonies.
  • Churches will lose tax-exempt status for noncompliance.
  • Colleges will lose accreditation for noncompliance.
  • Noncompliant colleges will be ineligible to receive student loans, causing most religious schools to compromise their core mission or close.
  • If churches or religious organizations take overnight trips, including sports or mission trips, they cannot segregate rooms by biological gender.
  • Biological men will have access to bathrooms, showers, and nursing-mother rooms at any time, and stay as long as they please.
  • Churches would be forced to hire staff involved in LGBT conduct, even positions of authority in affiliated daycare classes and give them complete access to all children in the restrooms.
  • Cross-dressers could demand that they be greeters, ushers, Sunday School teachers, and more.
  • Even the smallest slight would give someone the legal right to sue the church. For example, if a person assumed they were turned down for a staff position because of a LGBT lifestyle, they could sue the church for damages, even if that was not the reason they were denied the job!

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Letter to the House Judiciary Committee:

The Honorable Jerrold Nadler, Chairman

Committee on the Judiciary
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Doug Collins, Ranking Member

Committee on the Judiciary
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Nadler and Ranking Member Collins,

We write on behalf of millions of Americans who are deeply concerned about the harms of the Equality
Act, which hinders quality health care, endangers the privacy and safety of women and girls, regulates
free speech, severely undermines religious freedom, and threatens charitable nonprofits and the people
they serve. H.R. 5 does not accomplish what its supporters maintain, but it causes new problems and will
hurt more people than its sponsors want to help.

As people of faith, we believe that all people should be treated with equal dignity and respect. Religious
groups were at the forefront of upholding these principles during our country’s civil rights movement, and
people of faith continue to fight against the scourge of racism that unfortunately continues to this day.
People of faith serve the marginalized—and therefore uphold the dignity of every human
person—through numerous charitable endeavors, including in the health care sector. H.R. 5 would
unfortunately threaten the incredible work that faith-based hospitals and healthcare professionals do in the
United States. While religiously affiliated hospitals routinely serve—and heal—patients of any
background, including those who identify as LGBT, healthcare providers simply cannot perform every
procedure that a patient requests. H.R. 5 would mandate that all health care professionals and providers
perform gender transition procedures that go against many such providers’ best medical judgment, not to
mention their deeply held moral or religious convictions.

H.R. 5 would also unfortunately undermine civil rights for women and girls by opening restrooms, locker
rooms, and shower facilities to biological males who identify as female. Women and girls deserve access
to private spaces when they visit their local gym or use the restroom while dining out, but H.R. 5 would
undermine legitimate privacy and safety concerns that women have about sharing sex-specific facilities
with a biological man who identifies as a woman. H.R. 5 also threatens to halt the advances women’s
sports have achieved since the passage of Title IX in 1972 by allowing those with physical advantages to
compete against women and obtain scholarships and other awards at the expense of women.

Americans highly value our First Amendment freedoms of speech, association, and the free exercise of
religion. H.R. 5 puts these cherished liberties at risk first and foremost by explicitly carving out the
Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which would be the first time RFRA has ever been curtailed
since President Clinton signed this important statute into law in 1993. H.R. 5 would also subject private
employers and others to expensive lawsuits if they fail to adhere to strict preferred pronoun policies.
This would affect not only small, family-owned businesses but also charities and other nonprofits that are
organized with a specific mission. H.R. 5 would cause mission-driven employers, including religious
schools, to have to abandon their mission when it comes to hiring certain employees or having employee
conduct standards. Under H.R. 5, women’s shelters would be forced to house biological men who identify
as women, despite the privacy and safety concerns that women staying in those shelters have about
sharing sleeping quarters and other intimate facilities with the opposite sex.
Because of these many concerns, and others, we oppose H.R. 5 and respectfully urge you to oppose it as
well.

Sincerely,

Michael P. Farris
President, CEO, & General Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom

Tim Wildmon
President, American Family Association

Mike Rouse, PhD
President, American Association of Christian Schools

Terry Schilling
Executive Director, American Principles Project

Len Munsil, JD
President, Arizona Christian University

Ralph E. Enlow, Jr
President, The Association for Biblical Higher Education

Thomas J. Cathey, EdD
Chief of Staff, Association of Christian Schools International

David Goodwin
President, The Association of Classical Christian Schools

Jim Towey
President, Ave Maria University

William K. Thierfelder, PhD
President, Belmont Abbey College

Stephen D. Livesay, PhD
President, Bryan College

Patrick J. Reilly
President, The Cardinal Newman Society

Edward Crites, Esq.
President, Catholic Bar Association

Brittany Vessely
Executive Director, Catholic Education Partners

Kathleen Neher, LISW-S
President & Cofounder, Catholic Social Workers’ National Association

John Garvey
President, The Catholic University of America

Mary Rice Hasson, JD
Director, Catholic Women’s Forum at EPPC

Thomas White
President & Professor of Theology, Cedarville University

Rev. Derek McCoy
Executive Vice President, Center for Urban Renewal and Education

Dondi E. Costin, PhD
President, Charleston Southern University

Michael Bryant, PhD
Executive Vice President &
Professor of Christian Studies, Charleston Southern University

Bernardine Clark
Head of School, Chelsea Academy

David J. Beskar
Superintendent & Headmaster, Chesterton Academy of the Twin Cities

David Nammo
Executive Director & CEO, Christian Legal Society

Rabbi Pesach Lerner
President, Coalition for Jewish Values

Penny Nance
CEO & President, Concerned Women for America LAC

Kevin Walters
Campus Minister, Detroit Catholic Central High School

Mike Nalepa
President, Everest Collegiate High School & Academy

Timothy Head
Executive Director, Faith & Freedom Coalition

Paul Weber
President & CEO, Family Policy Alliance

Travis Weber
Vice President of Policy, Family Research Council

Sharon Slater
President & CEO, Family Watch International

Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR
President, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Ken Bruce Kemper, PhD
President, Grace Christian University

Anthony W. Allen
President, Hannibal-LaGrange University

Tim Chapman
Executive Director, Heritage Action for America

Therese Maciag
Principal, Holy Cross Academy

Tim Kotyuk
Principal, Huron Valley Catholic School

Patrick S.J. Carmack, Esq.
Executive Director, Ignatius-Angelicum Great Books Program

Brad Grinstead
Headmaster, Immaculate Heart of Mary School

Michael J. Van Hecke
President, Institute for Catholic Liberal Education

Mark Tooley
President, Institute on Religion and Democracy

Nathanael Rea
Headmaster, John Paul, the Great Academy

Derry Connolly
President,  John Paul the Great Catholic University

Mary Rowles
Executive Director, Kolbe Academy

Matthew D. Staver
Founder & Chairman
Liberty Counsel

Jonathan Alexandre
Director of Public Policy
Liberty Counsel Action

Rick Brewer, PhD
President
Louisiana College

Gregory P. Seltz, PhD
Executive Director
Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty

Luke A. Macik, JD
Headmaster
The Lyceum

Ken Kruithof
Chief Operating Officer
Miracle Hill Ministries

Timothy E. Trainor, PhD
President
Mount St. Mary’s University

Eileen Cubanski
Executive Director
National Association of Private
Catholic and Independent Schools

Benjamin Merkle
President
New Saint Andrews College

George Harne
President
Northeast Catholic College

Gene C. Fant, Jr, PhD
President
North Greenville University

Aaron Baer
President
Citizens for Community Values
Ohio’s Family Policy Council

Everett Piper, PhD
President
Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Todd R. Flanders, PhD
Headmaster
Providence Academy

Randall Pierce
Principal
Queen of Heaven Academy

Rita McCormick
President & Principal
Quigley Catholic High School

Christopher Keefe
Headmaster
Regina Coeli Academy

M. Denise D’Attore, PhD
Head of School
Regina Luminis Academy

Veronica Murphy
Head of School
Royalmont Academy

Scott J. Baier
Head of School
Royal Palm Academy

Thomas Ellis
President of the Board
Saint Augustine Academy

Anthony Biese
TK-12 Headmaster
Saint Joseph Academy

Stephen M. Krason, JD, PhD
President
Society of Catholic Social Scientists

Russell Moore, PhD
President
Southern Baptist Ethics &
Religious Liberty Commission

Keith Kiser
Headmaster
Saint Joseph’s Catholic School

Catherine LeBlanc
Vice-Principal
Saint Thomas More Academy

Kristan Hawkins
President
Students for Life Action

Michael F. McLean, PhD
President
Thomas Aquinas College

William Fahey, PhD
President
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts
Samuel W. Oliver, PhD
President
Union University

Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, DD
Archbishop of Louisville
Chairman, USCCB Committee
for Religious Liberty

Most Reverend James D. Conley
Bishop of Lincoln
Chairman, USCCB Subcommittee
for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage

Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane
Bishop of Venice
Chairman, USCCB Committee on
Domestic Justice and Human Development

Monsignor James P. Shea
President
University of Mary

Richard Nye
President & Cofounder
Veritas Christi Catholic High School

Diane Kelly Cavazos
Foundress & President
Veritas Preparatory School

Jo Anne Lyon
Ambassador & General Superintendent Emerita
The Wesleyan Church

John Jackson, PhD
President
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President
Wyoming Catholic College

TV Networks Launch Disturbing Attack Against Pro-Life Film in Attempt To Stop Viewers from Watching

Major television networks are refusing to air commercials for pro-life film “Unplanned,” which tells the story of a former Planned Parenthood director who left the organization after witnessing the horrors of abortion firsthand.

The film made its debut Friday in over 1,000 theaters nationwide, but networks outside of Fox News don’t want their viewers to see the movie’s advertisements.

Marketers for “Unplanned” told The Hollywood Reporter that networks are denying their attempts to buy air time because of the film’s “sensitive nature.”

The marketers have been denied by the Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, HGTV, Food Network, Hallmark Channel and USA Network.

John Sullivan, a producer for “Unplanned,” explained that they are looking to spend money on air time, but networks are refusing to do business with them.

“We were looking to spend money, but they didn’t want to get involved,” Sullivan said.

Another producer for the film, Joe Knopp, explained that networks are refusing “Unplanned” on the basis of its “political” nature.

“Most of the networks didn’t go into detail beyond citing the subject matter of the film and that they didn’t want to get into politics. But we don’t believe we’re in the political category,” Knopp said.

It’s abundantly clear that “Unplanned” isn’t being refused because it’s too “political” or “sensitive” — networks wouldn’t have a problem airing a commercial for a film that portrays Planned Parenthood favorably.

As an example, Lifetime, which refused to air commercials for “Unplanned,” previously published a pro-abortion interview with Scarlett Johansson.

This was just the latest obstacle for the film. The film also has complications stemming from its “R” rating from the Motion Picture Association of America.

The film’s unjustified “R” rating for “some disturbing/bloody images” makes marketing even more difficult.

“Marketing Unplanned has been an uphill battle for a few months now, since the MPAA saddled the film with an R rating, which filmmakers say will chase away a key demographic: Christians,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Indeed, Up TV cited the R rating when it also rejected the commercial, as did several Christian radio channels that also refused to air ads for Unplanned.”

RELATED: ‘Unplanned’ Star Hits Back at Hollywood Boycott Threat with Fantastic Response

The MPAA only found issues with three scenes that address abortion — the film has no profanity, nudity, violence, or drug abuse, according to an earlier report by The Hollywood Reporter.

It’s obvious that the establishment media doesn’t want people to see “Unplanned” because they are scared of what the film reveals about abortion and Planned Parenthood.

The media can try to stop people from viewing commercials for the film, but they can’t stop people from sharing the trailer and showtimes on social media.

Courtesy of https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/tv-networks-launch-disturbing-attack-pro-life-film-attempt-stop-viewers-watching/?ff_source=Email&ff_medium=CTBreaking&ff_campaign=breaking&ff_content=conservative-tribune

A Sad and Evil Day’: New York Legalizes Abortion Up to Baby’s Birth Day on Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Editor comment: This bill illustrates the increasing moral depravity of our country. We have so many euphemisms to hide the reality of what is happening. This is not “pro-choice” “reproductive rights” “empowerment of women” but this is murder of innocent babies. This is a brutal taking of a baby’s right to live for what reason? Sexual freedom? Inconvenience of having a child? Indifference to human life? There is no justification for a bill like this and may God have mercy on America as it continues to sink in the muck of evil.

New York legislators cheered and applauded Tuesday night after the state Senate removed restrictions on late-term abortions, allowing unborn babies to be aborted up until the day of birth.

The Reproductive Health Act passed with a 38-28 vote and was signed into law by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

The law erases New York’s previous limitations on abortion which restricted the fatal procedure past 24 weeks. Supporters say those late-term abortions are being allowed in order to protect the lives of women, but pro-life advocates say that’s just a ruse, pointing out that those late-term babies are clearly viable human lives who could otherwise survive outside the womb.

“RHA is an extreme bill sold to the public saying it merely ‘updates’ New York’s law, which is far from true.  RHA will expand abortion past 24 weeks through birth, make abortion a ‘fundamental right,’ and prohibit all limits, which Roe vs. Wade did *not* do,” New York State Right to Life said in a Facebook post.

Christina Fadden, chair of New York State Right to Life explained further, “RHA has expanded abortion-on-demand in New York past 24 weeks – well past when unborn children feel pain, are viable, and suffer during the course of an abortion – and up to birth. This is inhumane.”

The act states, “every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an abortion.”

The law also removes abortion from the definition of homicide and New York’s criminal code altogether. Previously, New York law treated the murder of an unborn child in its the third trimester as a felony offense punishable by up to seven years in prison.

The shocked response has been rolling in across the nation after Democrat lawmakers in the state of New York did the unthinkable Tuesday, legalizing the abortion of unborn babies all the way up until the point of birth.  The response on CBNNews.com has been stunning as more than a million readers simply can’t fathom why any state would allow viable babies to be killed.

Pro-life advocates point out the law is presented under the guise of protecting women’s health, but it permits late-term abortions of unborn babies who could otherwise survive outside the womb.

News of the new law sent shockwaves through the pro-life community. Many are grieving about what it will mean for lost human lives and pointing out the sheer hypocrisies behind what the Left has just done, especially as they try to claim the moral high ground on so many other cultural issues. The stunning developments out of New York appear to be galvanizing the pro-life movement to fight abortion with renewed fervor.

Dr. James Dobson is condemning the NY legislation as barbaric.

“It is not overstating the matter to say I am horrified by the New York State Senate’s vote to pass the euphemistic Reproductive Health Act (RHA). This bill is not about reproductive health at all. It is pure barbarism on a scale rarely seen since the Middle Ages,” Dobson says. “There is a battle raging for millions of lives preordained by God himself, and it is we who must stand for them so that they might have a chance at life.”

MORE: Stunned by NY’s Late-Term Abortion Law? Well, Prepare to Be Stunned Again

Dr. Jack Graham, the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, says, “Those who are applauding the passage of New York’s so-dubbed Reproductive Health Act are not celebrating and promoting a step forward in women’s health rights. They are celebrating cold-blooded murder. This act is nothing short of a license to kill unborn babies, even when they could survive outside the womb.”

“That this law was received with such exuberance by so many people should spur us to action, realizing that it has never been more important to defend the sanctity of human life and to fight for those who cannot defend themselves,” he continued.

Former Democrat Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) laughed hysterically as they pushed to expand abortion rights in the New York state legislature in early January of 2019.

Janet Morana, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and executive director of @PriestsforLife tweeted:

“As a native New Yorker my heart is broken knowing precious babies can now be killed until birth for any reason. #abortion is nothing less than homicide and to expand its bloody reach on the anniversary of #RoeVWade is a disgrace. #prolife #WakeUpAmerica”

Janet Morana@JanetMorana

“NY Gov. Cuomo wants to regulate potentially poisonous chemicals in cleaning products… But champions the poisoning, dismemberment, and fatality of children in the womb during abortion.”

Alison H.Centofante@AlisonHowardC

But champions the poisoning, dismemberment, and fatality of children in the womb during abortion.

Andrew Cuomo

@NYGovCuomo

I am proposing mandatory labeling on products containing potentially hazardous chemicals.

The more we know about our exposure to chemicals, the more frightening the situation is. Consumers have the right to know what’s inside the products they use.https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-proposal-executive-budget-protect-new-yorkers-unknown-exposure-toxic 

Conservative commentator Matt Walsh blasted the Left for its hypocrisy on the life issue saying: “Trump is literally Hitler,” they said as they celebrated the mass murder of infants.

Matt Walsh

@MattWalshBlog

“Trump is literally Hitler,” they said as they celebrated the mass murder of infants

“How tragic: @NYGovCuomo orders World Trade Center to be lit pink to celebrate new law in New York permitting unborn babies to be killed by abortion up until birth… …while the WTC memorial below bears the names of 11 unborn children who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks”

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Susan B. Anthony List

@SBAList

How tragic: @NYGovCuomo orders World Trade Center to be lit pink to celebrate new law in New York permitting unborn babies to be killed by abortion up until birth…

…while the WTC memorial below bears the names of 11 unborn children who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks

And author and pro-life activist Bryan Kemper pointed out another shocking irony on Twitter:

“The Horrors of Auschwitz exhibit is coming to New York to make sure people don’t forget the destruction of life, yet New York just legalized the #Abortion holocaust up to birth. Blood is flowing in our streets as we continue to snuff out life in the womb. #reverseroe #prolife”

Bryan Kemper 🇺🇸@BryanKemper

The Horrors of Auschwitz exhibit is coming to New York to make sure people don’t forget the destruction of life, yet New York just legalized the holocaust up to birth. Blood is flowing in our streets as we continue to snuff out life in the womb.

and http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2019/january/hypocrisy-homicide-and-horrors-new-yorks-brand-new-license-to-kill-viable-babies-sparks-intense-outrage
See also: https://beautybeyondbones.com/2019/01/28/andrew-cuomo-nightmare-in-new-york/